Manchester United took a step towards securing qualification for next season’s Champions League with victory over Bournemouth.
United travelled to the Vitality Stadium for their last away day of the campaign as Erik ten Hag’s outfit remain in the fight to secure a place in Europe’s top club competition. And they ended up taking a big step thanks to Casemiro’s overhead kick in the first half which sealed a 1-0 triumph.
The win, combined with fifth placed Liverpool only drawing at Anfield against Aston Villa, means United are now three points clear of Jurgen Klopp’s outfit. United also have a game in hand over their rivals.
The game in hand United have will be at Old Trafford on Thursday evening when they take on Chelsea. United know that a point from one of their final two encounters of the top flight season will secure a place back in the Champions League.
Ten Hag’s side are level on points with Newcastle United, but the Magpies are ahead of United on goal difference. Eddie Howe’s men host relegation-threatened Leicester City on Thursday when United host Chelsea, who have had a dismal season and will finish in the bottom half of the table.
Ahead of the encounter at Old Trafford, it remains to be seen if top scorer Marcus Rashford will be fit to feature against the Stamford Bridge outift. There is also the question of the ongoing sale of United by the Glazer family, with Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al Thani lodging bids – we’ll bring you any updates on any of these subjects in today’s live blog.
Today’s big talking point: Has Luke Shaw’s form this season done Erik ten Hag a favour in the transfer window this summer? Have your say here.
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What United need for the top four
Manchester United have a simple to ask to qualify for the Champions League as they bid to finish in the Premier League top-four.
Newcastle United secured their place among Europe’s elite with a 0-0 draw with relegation threatened Leicester City on Monday night. The Magpies were unable to break down the Foxes and the game ended 0-0. To finish third, Manchester United need to win both of their final two matches. They currently trail Newcastle by a point but have a game in hand.
If they were to beat Chelsea on Thursday, they would just need to match Newcastle’s result on the final day of the season. Because of their inferior goal difference, they have to finish ahead of the Magpies on points.
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